February 18, 2004

Eagles Flying High in this Week's Polls

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Despite winning four in a row and claiming its first home four-point weekend of the season, the men’s hockey team remained on the outside looking in at the USCHO.com Division I poll. Cornell (12-7-6, 10-5-3 ECAC) received 12 votes, up from just one a week ago.

Boston College, which moved into the nation’s top spot last week, solidified its position by winning all three of its games. Last Tuesday, the Eagles beat rival Boston College 2-1 in the final of the Beanpot. It then polished Massachusetts in a home-and-home series by scores of 5-2 and 6-1.

The Fighting Sioux, which had reigned over the college hockey world for much of the season, remained at No. 2 despite splitting with Colorado College. North Dakota has struggled as of late, losing four if its previous seven games. Following in the No. 3 spot is Maine which earned three road points at Hockey East cellar dweller Northeastern. Michigan moved up to fourth after sweeping Miami to take over the lead in the CCHA.

Perhaps the most surprising team in the country, Minnesota-Duluth rose to No. 5 after its impressive sweep of defending national champion Minnesota. In the two weekend games, the Bulldogs routed the Gophers by scores of 6-1 and 4-1.

Wisconsin had the week off, yet moved up one spot to No. 6. The Badgers have a crucial week ahead of them, though, as they will host St. Cloud State for a pair of games, with both teams currently tied for third in the WCHA. Minnesota was the week’s big loser, dropping three spots to No. 7 after being embarrassed at Minnesota-Duluth.

St. Cloud State, UNH, and Miami (OH) rounded out the top 10. St. Cloud State rose two positions after a pair of wins over Bemidji State while UNH jumped one slot with a pair of ties at conference rival UMass-Lowell. Meanwhile, Miami fell two positions after losing a pair to the Wolverines, and with it, the lead in the CCHA.

After putting up 16 goals over the weekend, Denver moved to No. 11 in the poll. The Pioneers dismantled Minnesota State by a 7-1 score before winning a 9-7 shootout the following evening. Checking in behind Denver is Ohio State, which swept Nebraska-Omaha. Brown, Massachusetts, and Colorado College occupied the final three positions in the poll.

Archived article by Alex Ip